This month, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) celebrates 20 years as an NIH institute! The milestone highlights the transition from the center known as the National Center for Human Genome Research, to our current status as a full-fledged NIH institute. Those 20 years encompassed a host of research accomplishments, from the completion of The Human Genome Project, to DNA sequencing technology development, to bringing genomic medicine to the clinic. Happy Birthday, NHGRI! Here's to another 20 great years!
In this month's The Genomics Landscape, we reflect on the career of Jeffery Schloss, Ph.D., who led the DNA sequencing technology development and the $1,000 Genome programs. We also feature the new dbGap Data Browser; the "Your DNA, Your Say" survey from the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health; Dr. Diana Bianchi's new NHGRI laboratory; and the applications for the 2017 ASHG/NHGRI policy and education fellowships.
In a perspective published in the journal Trends in Microbiology, NHGRI researchers and their colleagues call for health disparities research that focuses on the microbiome. Health disparities and the microbiome are influenced by people's environments and social interactions. According to the researchers, the microbiome and health differences experienced by diverse people may be a two-way street, with biological and environmental factors influencing each other.
Geared to students grade 9-12 worldwide, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) DNA Day Essay Contest celebrates National DNA Day by asking students to examine, question and reflect on important concepts in genetics. This year's question asks students to describe a disease or condition researchers are attempting to treat and how gene therapy might repair the underlying cause of the disease or condition. Deadline: March 10, 2017, at 5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time. See: DNA Day Essay Contest
For several years, NHGRI and the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) have provided a pathway for scientists who want to pursue careers in science policy or education. The Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship and the Genetics and Education Fellowship offer effective experiences in the public, private and non-profit arenas to those with graduate education in genetics. These fellowships help build the skills required to inform science policy and education. Our 2016-2017 fellows share what they've accomplished.